Entry Formalities

Different permits may be needed for entering Finland and staying in the country, depending on the nationality of the individual and the reasons for entering the country. All foreigners except citizens of the Nordic countries need a valid passport.

EU citizens

Degree students and Exchange students

All students, also exchange students at SeAMK need to report to the Local Register Office to get a personal identity code.

Citizens of the Nordic countries may arrive, reside, study and work in Finland without limitations. They do not need visas, residence or work permits. Students from the EU countries and a number of other countries do not need a visa to enter the country.

EU/EEA citizens and citizens of Switzerland must register their right to reside in Finland at a police department, if their stay lasts for longer than three months. Citizens of the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland) are registered at a Local Register Office (Maistraatti in Finnish) if they stay in Finland longer than six (6) months.

Citizens of a non-EU/EEA -country

Degree Students

Residence permit

If you are a citizen of a non-EU/EEA-country you will need to apply for a residence permit for studies. For the residence permit application you need to enclose

  • the Notification of Student Selection (acceptance letter)
  • an account of sufficient funds for living
  • an account of sufficient health insurance coverage

Admitted students will be given further instructions.

Further information: Finnish Immigration Service (Migri)

Registration at a Local Register Office

After you have moved to Finland, you need to report to the Local Register Office (Maistraatti in Finnish) for a registration of a foreigner. As you reside in Finland for a period of at least one year, you can be registered with a municipality of residence. When you visit the office, please remember to take along your passport, residence permit and Student Certificate issued by SeAMK. On the basis of registration, you are given a Finnish personal identity code (henkilötunnus). It is needed in a variety of situations, for example for the payment of wages, salaries and fees and when using health care services. The code is also essential in bank transactions, and your bank will require it when you are opening an account. Every student at SeAMK needs to have a Finnish personal identity code.

Exchange Students

If you are a non-EU citizen you will need to apply for a residence permit.

Exchange students also need to report to the Local Register Office to get a personal identity code.

Further information: Finnish Immigration Service.

A residence permit may be granted for exchange students who are participating in an approved exchange programme.

Work Permit

Students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland can work while studying in Finland and does not need to acquire a special work permit to do so.

Students from non-EU countries may work within certain limits with a residence permit granted for study purposes.

Further information: Finnish Immigration Service.